In this weekly discussion assignment you will need to:
Write a 250-500 word initial post below and present your interpretation of the document and the material to which you have been introduced. Avoid a summary. You must also comment on how this person’s story relates to the concept of “Other” that you’ve studied about in the previous pages.
Make sure you read the additional instructions in your announcement under week 2 regarding this assignment.
You must utilize in class sources and cite them properly in your interpretations and responses. You can cite like this after the reference (Openstax 4.1) or (Openstax p. 112), (Chapter 3 PPT Lecture, Slide #5), and (John Green Video #5).
At least one of your responses has to be for a different document from your own and at least one response must be to a member in your group. Click on people on the left hand side and then click group to find out who your group members are.
Avoid direct quotes, particularly long direct quotes. Instead, you should paraphrase or use your own words and cite the reference. This will lower your turnitin score.
Questions to ask of any source..
Who is the author? Who wrote or created this? Is there a single or multiple authors? An author’s identity sometimes helps you answer the later questions.
What type of source is this? Is it a photograph or a poem? A biography or a government document? This is a simple but crucial step because you must consider what you can expect to learn from the document.
What is the message of this source? What is the author describing? What is happening in the text or image? What is the story?
Who is the intended audience? Who is the author addressing? Was the source intended for private or public consumption? Identifying the audience will help you answer the next question.
Why was this source created? Does the author have an agenda, a larger purpose? Is the author trying to persuade the audience? Is the document or source simply a compilation of facts, or does it include opinion, inference, or interpretation?
Is this source credible and accurate? Historians must examine every source with a critical eye. What do you know about the author? Does the document make sense? Do the facts presented by the author or what you know about the time period support the thesis, statement, assertion, or story the author is conveying? Why should you trust, or distrust, this source?
How is this source valuable to me? How does the source relate to other sources from the time period or along the same issue or theme? Does it support or contradict them? Does it repeat information from other sources or add new information? How relevant is the source to your topic of inquiry? Does it extensively cover your topic, or only marginally or not at all? Remember, you should explore enough sources to obtain a variety of viewpoints.